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El Paso ISD’s Silva, Green Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Awards

Two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards for 2017 went to campuses in the El Paso Independent School District.

Dr. Green Elementary School received its first Blue Ribbon and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School received an unprecedented third Blue Ribbon, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday.

“We are beyond proud of the work that is happening inside our campuses. Teachers and students have embraced active learning as a transformative tool in education,” EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “Silva and Green are clear examples of schools making a difference in the lives of students and their families.”

The Blue Ribbon is considered one of the most prestigious prizes given to a school in the country.

With the addition of Green, there are now 12 EPISD schools that have earned at least one Blue Ribbon since the program began in 1982.

Besides Green and Silva, the other schools are: Crockett Elementary, Schuster Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Coldwell Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Transmountain Early College High, Cielo Vista Elementary and Lamar Elementary.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday announced that a total of 342 public, charter and private schools had earned a Blue Ribbon this year based on their achievements on closing the performance gaps among student subgroups.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master modern learning.

Green and Silva celebrated their awards on Thursday with student assemblies and other fun activities.

The celebrations were especially meaningful for Silva, the only school in El Paso ever to earn three Blue Ribbons.

“Having three Blue Ribbon is no easy feat and this accomplishment rests solely on the work done by our students and teachers,” said Jefferson/Silva Principal Fred Rojas. “Silva prides itself as a great school, and this award is further recognition that our efforts are making a difference.”

This is Green’s first Blue Ribbon, but the school is equally as excited.

“We are joining an elite group of schools,” Principal Judy Quintana said. “It’s proof positive that our students, teachers and parents have worked hard to provide this community a world-class education.”

Two El Paso ISD Schools among 26 Texas Blue Ribbon Nominees

Two El Paso ISD campuses are among the selective group of 26 Texas schools that have been nominated for the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Award recognizing the top schools in the country.

Dr. Green Elementary School and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High Schools were among the group of exemplary, high performing schools that are vying to compete for the privilege of being named a Blue Ribbon School. Winners will be announced in September.

“It’s an honor to be among the handful of Texas school districts that have schools on the list of nominees,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “The fact that we have two schools on that list is proof positive that the focus on future readiness and innovation in our classrooms is paying off.”

If Green is selected, it would join nine other schools – including Silva – in EPISD that have received a Blue Ribbon since the program’s inception in 1982.

Silva’s nomination gives it the opportunity to win its third Blue Ribbon Award. The school earned the distinction in 2003 and 2011 — the most awards of any school in El Paso County.

Besides Silva, the other EPISD schools with Blue Ribbons are: Crockett Elementary, Schuster Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Coldwell Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Transmountain Early College High, Cielo Vista Elementary and Lamar Elementary.

Nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process that will be monitored by the U.S. Department of Education. Winners will be recognized during a Blue Ribbon awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.